The long awaited baby foal is about to enter the world and you’re doing everything you can to get prepared. You’ve prepped a perfect foaling stall, you’re watching mama like a hawk, and you’ve got the usual suspects: clean towels, tail wrap, an enema kit. Maybe you’ve even set up a foal watch camera.
But sometimes the normal foal kit list just isn’t enough. Do you really have all you need? You might be asking yourself if there’s anything missing from the typical “What do you put in a foaling kit?” checklists.
Here’s a few things that are easy to forget on the foal watch kit checklist that can make the whole experience even more enjoyable.
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Phone charger. Obviously you’ll have your phone, but if your mare foals in the middle of the night (as they usually do), you don’t want your phone, which you’ve been using all day long, to die on you! Also, make sure you have an extension cord. For some unknown reason, those always seem to be in short supply at the barn.
Coffee/caffeine. Do we even need to explain this one?
Sleeping bag/rollaway bed. Listen, you might be watching this mare for a hot minute. You’ll be in better spirits and more able to make quick decisions when the foal arrives if you’re comfortable and rested.
Toothbrush. No one is talking about this, but we’ve got your dental health in mind! Think about it, you’ll be camping down in the barn all night, off-and-on sleeping. You might not want sweaters on your teeth through the entire monitoring and birthing a foal process.
Flashlight. Barns are dark. Mares have foals in the dark. Bring a flashlight or head back to tip #1 and make sure your phone is charged. We can hear you already… “Siri, turn on my flashlight.”
Thermometer. Ok, this is a typical foaling kit essential, but we’re putting it on this list because there’s something about thermometers that makes them super easy to lose! Double check your foaling kit contents for this item. It’s important!
Scissors. Just one of those items that never seems to be there when you need it and you’ll definitely want it in your foaling kit!
Contact info. Hopefully this is already saved in your CHARGED phone, but ensure that you have phone numbers for your vet, owners, barn managers, and any other involved parties. To be extra safe, write it down on a piece of paper, in case of technology issues. Also, give your vet a heads up to let them know that your foal might be on its way. Use foaling indicators to help keep you (and your vet!) in the know.
Twine, paper, and a pen. How many times have you been at the barn when you needed one or all three of these items and they were NOWHERE to be found? They’re always necessary. Just have them on hand.
FullBucket’s Foal Starter Kit. There’s no better choice when it comes to being prepared for your foal’s arrival. The Foal Starter Kit contains everything your foal needs in the first week of life, from Foal Kick Start to Foal Probiotic Paste, in addition to foaling indicator strips and foal information cards. It is super easy to protect your newborn foal’s naive immune system and microbiome with this kit and to set them up for a successful first week and long healthy life.
Foal watch is an exciting time! Prepare your foaling kit and take care of yourself so that you can be the best possible breeding manager, owner, and horse lover. Consider reading up on the foaling process and let us know how we can help you, your mare, and foal in this magical season!